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  • Head office doesn’t understand the frontline

    Do people think Arriva head office understands what's happening where they work?

    People think head office doesn’t understand what’s happening where they work

    How we know this

    83% of people think that this employer’s head office or owners don’t have a good understanding of what’s really happening where they work

    Based on information from 212 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, the role of head office should be to support the people on the frontline serving customers.

    To do that properly, the company’s owners or head office need to have a good understanding of what’s really happening on the frontline. This is especially important when a company owns multiple locations.

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  • Hard to choose shifts

    Do Arriva workers get to choose the shifts they work?

    Most people don’t get enough choice over which shifts they work

    How we know this

    62% report that their manager doesn’t give them enough choice over which shifts they work

    Based on information from 230 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. This means you get a say in when you prefer to work.

  • People feel stressed

    Is it stressful to work at Arriva?

    Most people feel stressed here

    How we know this

    62% of people say they often feel stressed at work

    Based on information from 229 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Work isn’t always easy, but if you’re frequently feel stressed, that’s not good.

    Your employer should support you with enough people and resources to get your job done without feeling overwhelmed.

  • Not good for parents

    Is working at Arriva good if you have caring responsibilities?

    Most people say this is a bad place to work if you care for a child or other relative

    How we know this

    68% of people who care for a child or other relative report this isn’t a good place to work

    Based on information from 92 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Whether it’s looking after children or caring for a relative, a good job should support your responsibilities outside of work.

  • Breaks aren’t paid

    Do workers at Arriva get paid breaks?

    Not always. Most people don’t get paid breaks

    How we know this

    72% of people say they don’t get paid breaks

    Based on information from 230 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should have paid breaks.

    You should be paid for all your time at work, whether you’re on a break or not.

  • No career progression

    Are people given support to progress at Arriva?

    Only some people are given support to progress here

    How we know this

    In the last year, 64% of people report not being given an opportunity to get better at their job, learn a new skill, learn to manage a team or get more responsibility in their role

    Based on information from 206 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should help you progress at work, if you want to. That might be supporting you to get better at the job you currently have, learn something new, manage a team or take on more responsibilities.

    This means you’ll be able to build on your skills and experience, and earn more money.

  • People don’t recommend their team

    Do people at Arriva recommend working with their team?

    Only some people recommend working with their team

    How we know this

    55% of people report that they wouldn’t recommend working with their immediate team to a friend

    Based on information from 237 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job means enjoying the place where you work.

    The people you work with every day really matter. They can be the difference between a terrible day and a great one.

    If you’d recommend your team to a friend, this shows that something’s going right.

  • Less than 4 weeks notice of shifts

    How much notice do people get of their shift pattern at Arriva?

    Most people don’t get 4 weeks notice of when they’re working

    How we know this

    • 24% report getting one week notice or less
    • 16% report getting two weeks notice
    • 5% report getting three weeks notice
    • 43% report getting four weeks notice or more
    • 11% report having a fixed rota

    Based on information from 235 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you get plenty of notice about when you’re working.

    This makes it easy for you to plan the rest of life, as well as your finances, because you know how much you’ll be working and when.

  • People don’t get sick pay

    Does Arriva pay sick pay?

    Not always. Most people don’t get proper sick pay

    How we know this

    67% of people say they wouldn’t get paid if they were sick but scheduled to work

    Based on information from 226 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone gets sick sometimes. You should be able to take time off without worrying.

    At a good job you should still get paid if you’re scheduled to work but can’t due to sickness. Your contract should say how many sick days you can take each year.

    This is more than the legal minimum, which says you should only get paid if you are unwell for 4 full days. See Citizens Advice for more details.

  • Uninformed about head office

    Do workers feel well informed about how Arriva is doing?

    Only some people feel well informed about how the company is doing

    How we know this

    59% of people feel that they aren’t kept well informed about how the company is doing as a whole

    Based on information from 216 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, there should be a supportive relationship between the people working on the frontline serving customers and the people who own the company or work in head office.

    You should be kept informed about how the company is doing as a whole, both in good times and when things get tough for the business.

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  • Easy to book holiday

    How easy is it to book a holiday at Arriva?

    Most people find it easy to book holidays

    How we know this

    51% of people report it’s easy to book holidays

    Based on information from 217 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should let you take time off when you need it, and it shouldn’t be a nightmare to arrange.

  • Easy to change shifts

    How easy is it for Arriva workers to change shifts?

    Most people find it easy to change shifts

    How we know this

    54% of people report that it’s easy to change shifts if they need to

    Based on information from 191 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job is flexible around your personal life. It should be easy to change a shift if you need to, whether that’s in an emergency or for planning ahead.

  • Easy to take sick leave

    How easy is it to take sick leave at Arriva?

    Most people find it easy to take sick leave

    How we know this

    66% of people report that it’s easy to take time off if they are sick

    Based on information from 202 job reviews

  • People enjoy their job

    Do people at Arriva enjoy their jobs?

    Most people enjoy their job

    How we know this

    50% of people report they enjoy their job

    Based on information from 32 job reviews

  • People are paid market rates

    Does Arriva pay market rates?

    Most people are paid market rates

    How we know this

    67% of people are paid average or more than the typical pay for the type of work they do

    Based on information from 201 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Pay can vary a lot between types of job. Employers should be ensuring that the rates their staff are paid are in line with similar roles elsewhere.

  • Managers are respectful

    Do people at Arriva feel treated by respect by their managers?

    Most people feel treated with respect by their managers

    How we know this

    60% of people say they’re treated with respect by their managers

    Based on information from 212 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get treated with respect by their managers. You shouldn’t feel discriminated against or bullied, and if you have a problem you should be able to speak to someone about it.

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  • Enough training

    Do people get enough training when they start at Arriva?

    People get enough training when they start

    How we know this

    82% of people report they got enough training when they started working here

    Based on information from 229 job reviews

    Why this matters

    A good job should give you good training when you start, not just drop you in at the deep end.

    This means that you’ll be happier and more productive from day one and shows that your employer values you.

    It’s also very important if your job involves anything that could be dangerous. Good training from the outset keeps you and your team safe.

  • No short notice shift changes

    Do Arriva managers change shifts at short notice?

    Managers don’t change people’s shifts at short notice

    How we know this

    76% of people say their manager doesn’t changes their shifts at the last minute

    Based on information from 225 job reviews

    Why this matters

    If your manager is often changing your shifts at short notice that’s a sign of poor planning. At a good job you won’t be messed around at the last minute.

  • People are paid enough to live on

    Does Arriva pay enough to live on?

    People are paid enough to live on

    How we know this

    98% of people say they are paid at or above the Real Living Wage for where they live

    Based on information from 223 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should be paid enough to live on.

    The Real Living Wage is a voluntary rate employers can sign up to that is based on the real cost of living.

    The Real Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour, and £10.85 per hour in London.

  • People get proper breaks

    Do people at Arriva get proper breaks?

    People get proper breaks

    How we know this

    85% of people report that they get to take proper breaks

    Based on information from 215 job reviews

    Why this matters

    When you take a break it should be a proper rest. It should last the full duration and you shouldn’t get pulled off it.

  • No unpaid extra work

    Do workers at Arriva do extra work that they don't get paid for?

    No. People don’t do unpaid extra work

    How we know this

    84% of people report that they don’t do extra unpaid work

    Based on information from 218 job reviews

    Why this matters

    Everyone should get paid for any extra work they do, even if it is outside your contracted hours. At a good job, you should be paid for all the time you spend at work.

  • People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Do workers at Arriva worry about hours?

    People don’t worry about getting enough hours

    How we know this

    88% of people report they don’t worry about getting enough hours

    Based on information from 217 job reviews

    Why this matters

    At a good job, you shouldn’t have to worry about getting enough hours each week.

    A good job should guarantee you a minimum number of hours in a contract, if you want it.

    This makes it easier to plan your finances, because you know how much you’ll be earning.

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Pay ranges at Arriva

  1. £10.46–13.65 per hour

  2. £32.72–39.23 per hour

Arriva job reviews

  • Best thing

    Making decisions for yourself while out on the road and very little paperwork to fill out.

    Worst thing

    The excessive driving hours and long breaks on some shifts. Management not listening to staff.

    5.0

    Employee, July 2021

  • Best thing

    Going different places

    Worst thing

    Passengers expect too much and complain about anything

    6.7

    Employee, May 2021

About

Arriva is a bus and train operator. Their routes can be found across the UK.

arriva.co.uk

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Handy to know

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

24% report getting one week notice or less
16% report getting two weeks notice
5% report getting three weeks notice
43% report getting four weeks notice or more
11% report having a fixed rota

Based on 235 employees

What contracts are people on?

Full time 91% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 211 employees

How are people paid?

By the hour 90% of people report they get paid by the hour

Based on 240 employees

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